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GEORGE M. ROBESON - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 12/11/1873 - HFSID 17349

GEORGE M. ROBESON As Secretary of the Navy, he authorizes travel by his chief steam engineer Manuscript Letter signed: "Geo M. Robson" as Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 8x9¾. Washington, 1873 December 11. To Engineer-in-Chief W.W.W.

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GEORGE M. ROBESON As Secretary of the Navy, he authorizes travel by his chief steam engineer Manuscript Letter signed: "Geo M. Robson" as Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 8x9¾. Washington, 1873 December 11. To Engineer-in-Chief W.W.W. Wood, Chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering. In full: "Proceed to Chester, Pa., Philadelphia, and New York, on Special duty, and, upon the completion of this duty, return to Washington, D.C. and resume your regular duties. Very respectfully". George M. Robeson (1829-1897), a Union General during the American Civil War, served as Grant's Secretary of the Navy from June 25, 1869 to March 3, 1877. Robeson was repeatedly accused of corruption (bribery taking, and diversion of Navy funds for his private use), but was so adept at covering his financial tracks that he earned the nickname "Cuttlefish." Twice an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey (1876, 1880), he served as a U.S. congressman for the state from 1879-1883. Unknown stain near lower left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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